Lots of sunshine and warm weather this week around the Treasure Coast had boaters and anglers on the water this week. Summer has taken over and you can look for more warm days and chances of afternoon thunderstorms each day. Getting out early can keep you out of the heat of the day and increase your fishing opportunities as well. Have fun this summer and enjoy the fishing!
It was father and son week most of this week, which was great since it was Father's Day this past weekend. Marty and son, Ryan, were out with me and Ryan boated and released a beautiful slot snook from around the docks. Joe and son, Timmy, found a variety of fish, but Timmy caught all the trout on a fun day on the Indian River. I was out with my best friend, Pat, and his two boys, Dalton and Ethan. We got into trout and ladyfish to keep the boys busy on another gorgeous day. My wife, Eva, and I enjoyed a wonderful day with our grandkids, Chloe and Brody. After catching a few fish, we headed to Jaycee Park to let them enjoy the fun there for a while. Chloe just missed boating a big trout on our adventure. It was an exciting week on the river!
We have found our sea trout on the grass flats in two to four feet of water using DOA shrimp, top water lures or live baits. Still getting some big trout up to 26" this past week, so the gators are still around. Redfish were a little slower for us this week. I didn't get up on the shallow flats much with the low tides, but will be back out this week for them. We have been fishing docks quite a bit this week with some very nice results. Snook anglers are still getting a good bite at the mouth of the jetties on live baits. You can find plenty of snapper around the river. Docks, channel edges and bridges have accounted for lots of mangroves this month. The mackerel, jacks and bonito have begun showing up around the inlet this week. It should go crazy with them as the glass minnows show up in force. It's lots of fun and action when they are in a feeding frenzy! The beach should be active with jacks, snook and bluefish this month along with the usual whiting. Jacks and bluefish have been feeding around the mouth of the Fort Pierce Inlet.
The 4th of July is just around the corner. If you haven't had the boat out in a while, it's a good time now to check things out prior to the holiday. Most boaters know that holidays can be challenging around the boat ramps and a little preparation can make everyone's weekend more enjoyable. Checking the batteries, fuel and trailer should be done prior to leaving the house. Start your engine in the driveway so you know it will start at the ramp. Take a short time and make sure that your boat is in good operating condition for the upcoming holiday!
Remember, as always, fishing is not just another hobby……it’s an ADVENTURE!
Captain Charlie Conner